Gono, Kuwaza Fight

Gono has already written to the Minister of Finance Tendai Biti appealing for his intervention as the fight is said to be seriously affecting the smooth operation of the bank.

Kuwaza, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance is reportedly shooting down efforts by Gono to increase workers’ salaries claiming that the central bank has no money to pay the workers.

The letter to  Biti in which he is appealing for his intervention in his fight with Kuwaza reveals that the former permanent secretary wants workers at the RBZ to be paid the same salaries as civil servants.

Documents show that Kuwaza is blocking the proposed RBZ employee salary structures drafted by Gono, which he said are too high compared to those being paid civil servants.

But Gono is arguing that workers at the central bank are not civil servants and therefore should get competent salaries. The latest dispute has escalated the sharp differences which were exposed by local newspapers last week.

The two have also clashed over alleged Kuwaza’s “intrusive behavior” in which he is reported to have occupied an office next to Gono despite the fact that he is a non-executive deputy chairman of the board.

“I have evidence and witnesses to evidence showing that Mr Kuwaza is failing to draw the line between being a board member and being part of the executive team.

“Instances  where a board member storms in the governor’s personal secretarial assistances’ offices, demanding to know what they do and their day to day roles do not serve for objective, balanced and professional conduct,” complained Gono to Biti.

The bitter fight has also sucked in President Robert Mugabe and his regime before the inclusive government. Kuwaza wants to investigate Gono over his propping up of the Mugabe regime and his assistance to the military, intelligence and other government departments between 2003 and 2008.

Kuwaza also wants Gono’s special advisor, Munyaradzi Kereke, fired arguing that he is a “ghost worker” who was illegally employed at the institution in a move seen by RBZ workers as a tactic to weaken the governor.

The letter to Biti was also copied to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is expected to intervene to diffuse the dispute.